Neil Oseman

Neil Oseman

Neil is a UK-based director of photography who has worked in the USA, Europe and Japan. Upcoming features he shot include The Little Mermaid with Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine, and supernatural thriller Heretiks with Michael Ironside. He has photographed another half-dozen independent features, innumerable shorts, several music promos and two multi-award-winning short-form action/adventure series. In the last couple of years Neil has been nominated for nine Best Cinematography awards and took home the gong at Festigious International Film Festival 2016 for his work on the short drama Night Owls. Second only to his love of cinematography is his passion for sharing his knowledge of it on his blog neiloseman.com and his Instagram feed.

The one simple secret of lighting a face

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Replay: Showing the best side. Lighting a face well can be one of the most difficult aspects of cinematography. But there are also a few guidelines you can always bear in mind to help you along the way. Here Neil Oseman shares one of the secrets to lighting a face well, and also how to break with convention when required.

The cinematic way to light dialogue scenes

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Scenes involving multiple actors can throw up multiple issues when setting up lighting for both dramatic effect and shape. Neil Oseman takes us through the process and considerations of illuminating multiple actors in a dialogue scene.

Should you still be using three-point lighting?

Published in Production

Three point lighting often conjours up images of flat corporate video or daytime soap operas. But is the system still relevant today, or is it an important concept we can use to guide us, whatever the situation? Neil Oseman offers us some dissection.

How to Make a DCP (Digital Cinema Package)

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Digital projection has opened up lots of possibilities for independent film producers, but the process involved in creating the neccesary compatible Digital Cinema Package could have a few pitfalls for first timers. Neil Oseman takes us through his own experiences.

How to cheat scenes in moving vehicles

Published in Production

 If you don't have a Hollywood budget but you want to film scenes that take place inside a car, here are six examples from Neil Oseman showing how you can cheat the shot.

Creating depth with layered lighting

Published in Production

Delving deeper into light. Lighting is the single most important aspect of filmmaking of any kind. Without it, film has no shape, no mood, no atmosphere, and no dimension. DP Neil Oseman takes us on a journey to achieving depth through lighting.

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